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Gathering your Emotions and Putting it on Paper: Review of [151030]Koi x Shinai Kanojo

Foreword: I hope to have done all the apologies and notifications on the previous post that I’ve made, and bring you the most recent title I finished, Koikake. At this point, I’d like to introduce you to some humor as I did NOT know where the “kake” came from (since the words read out loud is “Koi Shin Ai Kanojo”), then realized the “x” in between and took literally 5 minutes to realize that Japanese call the x-symbol “Kakeru”.

Man, I felt like an idiot.

Well, with me being an idiot and an asshole (?) aside, let’s get to the review! For the most part, I thought this game was pretty plain, boring even to an extent… but only partially. The thing that really kept me going was the absolutely gorgeous music and cute characters, but I finished several hours of the game’s worth in a single sitting because it had so much impact, which I’ll explain a bit further down below.

Furthermore, I warn readers early in advance that this game will contain HEAVY and MAJOR spoilers! PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW if you do not want to be spoiled! 

And without further ado, let’s get into the review in quite a while! Here’s Koikake!
(…Shit. I was hoping I could get another review for a 2016 title and this one’s from 2015 T_T)

Title: 恋xシンアイ彼女 (Koi “kakeru” shinai kanojo) [Lit Trans: Romance “cross” New Love Girlfriend]
Producers: Us:Track
Release Date: October 30, 2015
VNDB Link: https://vndb.org/v17516
Getchu Link: http://www.getchu.com/soft.phtml?id=857308
Game Type: Slice of Life Romance Novel

Summary: Koutarou is a very introverted guy. Instead of playing sports or actively seeking new relationships, he would rather write his novels and stay inside. Naturally, he loves reading books and is actually quite fluent with writing novels, which even won him prizes when he was younger.

Koutarou has a dark past, however, since he still drags on his first love, which ended pretty bitterly in his opinion, when he gave a letter to the girl, who transferred the next day without telling him. Because of this, he often has humorous “allergies” to cheesy things such as romance or love.

But enough about his past; what matters is now, right? Because the past only makes up our memories; the present and future is what we make of it.

Carpe Diem, amiright?

Story Length: Moderately Long (30 hours)
Complete Story Clearing Difficulty: Easy
Comments: The story has four routes in total, but seem to separate into two “splits” consisting of Ayane + Sena in one split and Yui + Rinka in another. I personally didn’t really like how these splits were pretty conspicuous, but did appreciate that across routes within a split, there was something similar between the heroines (e.g. Love Triangle for the former and the Destruction of the Old School Facilities in the latter).
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The Last Drop of Despair: The Story of “Witch’s House”

Foreword: Well, it was back in the summer 2014 when my friend (in real life) came up to me and said, “Hey Jason, you play a lot of visual novels. Have you heard of “Witch’s House”?

I answered “no”.
She then replied by encouraging me to play it, and I agreed while putting the title at the back of my head.

Recently, another friend, named “Aero” has played it, and highly recommended it to me. With his suggestion, I asked where I can get a copy to my in-real-life friend, who willingly showed me the websites.

After 2 hours, my mind was raped and my whole body trembling with my mind completely confused. Curious to know how 2 hours of gameplay could cause such a trauma? You should definitely read on.

Please be noted that this review will contain LARGE amounts of swearing and rage. It may also include some mildly disturbing scenes that may not be fit for those weak of heart.

In addition, please read at your own risk due to my tongue having a relatively higher chance to slip when making reviews for games like this: There WILL be intentional spoilers included in this game. 

Title: 魔女の家 (The Witch’s House)
Producer: ふみー (Fuumi)
Release Date: October 3, 2012
Main Website (Japanese) Link: http://majonoie.karou.jp/index.html
M
ain Website (English) Link: http://www.vgperson.com/games/witchhouse.htm

Translated into English, Spanish, German, Chinese, and Korean

Brief Summary: This story is about a 13 year-old Viola who has been trapped at the Witch’s House. With no where else to go except into the house itself, there will definitely be danger to anyone stepping inside…

Age Recommendation: 12+
Personal Age Recommendation: 15+
This game contains lots of small animations and pixel art that will greatly startle the reader. It is NOT recommended for frail individuals, or people with certain heart conditions.

but the two look so happy!
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Meaning of Life and Death: Review of NOeSIS Series

Foreword: WOW. just WOW.

Holy smokes this game was awesome. Yes, this isn’t the typical “charage” you might be looking for, but this game is literally where I hit the jackpot as I search for a game “with a meaning”.
Dark themes encompass this title, but there is definitely some high-quality humor within the entire title; it’s even better than many of the commercial games out there (like the ones I’ve been playing recently), so this entitles this game to have a far higher score than other games.

Fair warning, however, that this game’s theme IS horror and suspense. Completely unfit for the weak of heart, I would rate this game 17+ despite not containing any form of sexual content because of its traumatic elements and psychological factors. In addition to this, that age range is probably necessary to even understand the storyline anyways…

According to Wikipedia, “Noesis” means “perception of the mind” in Greek. How fitting for this game!

Titles:
First Title– NOeSIS~嘘を吐いた記憶の物語~ (Usowo tsuita kioku no monogatari) [Lit. Trans: The story of lie-filled memories)
Second Title– NOeSIS02 ~羽化~ (Uka, translated into “Emergence”)
(Planned Release: Fall 2013) Third Title– NOeSIS03 -歌う影の戯曲- (Utau kage no gikyoku) [Lit. Trans: Requiem of the Singing Shadow]
Producers: cutlass
Release Date: October 30, 2011
VNDB Link: http://vndb.org/v11029 / http://vndb.org/v11858
Getchu Link: N/A
Game Type: Suspense Mystery Novel with dark themes of psychology and philosophy

NOeSIS Summary: Shigure is a student at an academy where a person commits suicide once a week. This rumor spreads so much that everyone just… accepts it for how it is.
However, he meets someone who doesn’t think it’s just a suicide; she has enough evidence to believe that this is murder, and is determined to find out the end of it.

With this student council president who can read people’s hearts just by looking at their eyes…
With a childhood friend whose family problems may be more serious than a normal person’s…
With an extremely intelligent younger sister who seems to be hiding something…

Shigure will delve into this mystery to its roots, and stop this chain of suicide in any way possible.
Why…?



He doesn’t even know himself…

NOeSIS02 Summary: Shigure suddenly wakes up to find his annoying classmate Nayuta poking him in the back and trying to get closer to him as always. This damn girl has been annoying me fo… … …

…?


Who is this…? Why do I have memories of her?

Damnit! Who’s been playing with my memory?!
Shigure shouts this as he runs to the student council office to find the person who can explain this madness.

But he will soon realize that he’s not the mad one, it’s someone else… and she might be closer to him than he thinks…



But is she, really, crazy?

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